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Amanda Spielman announced as new Ofsted chief

17/06/2016 Joanna

The Department for Education has appointed Amanda Spielman as the new chief inspector of Ofsted, it has been announced.

Ms Spielman is currently chair of exams watchdog Ofqual, but will replace Sir Michael Wilshaw when he steps down in September.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan recommended Ms Spielman for the role because of the breadth of her experience across the sector, as well as the commitment she has shown throughout her career to raising standards for children and young people.

One of the most notable achievements Ms Spielman has been involved in is the founding of ARK schools, which has become one of the most successful academy chains in the country, transforming some of England's most underperforming schools.

Speaking after the appointment was announced, Ms Morgan stated: "I am delighted to recommend Amanda Spielman as chief inspector.

"From helping to set up one of the country’s top academy chains, to acting as a council member for the Institute of Education, to overseeing our ambitious qualification reform programme, Amanda has extensive experience at the frontline of the education system, making her uniquely qualified to take up this important role."

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